The Islanders lose their season finale 3-2 to the Bruins in overtime.
First Period Thoughts On Season Finale
The Islanders did not build off the momentum they generated in their 5-1 win over the New Jersey Devils on Saturday. The Islanders got off to a bad start and the Bruins controlled the momentum for the entire period. Over the first period, the Bruins outshot the Islanders a whopping 18-4. The Islanders lacked discipline throughout the period as well, with four penalties called in the period. Unfortunately, the last penalty called was a double-minor issued against Leo Komarov. As a result of the extra time given to the Bruins, Taylor Hall was able to score with less than 40 seconds to play. Thankfully for the Islanders, A Charlie McAvoy penalty late in the period led to a shift of momentum leading into the second period. Their season finale did not go as planned, leading to a set matchup with the Penguins in the first round.
Second Period Thoughts
The Islanders were able to take back the flow of the game they had lost in the first. As a result of the McAvoy penalty, an Oliver Wahlstrom goal tied the game at 1. Not to be outdone, the Bruins response was rather quick, as Brad Marchand tipped in a point shot as the Bruins took the lead back. A few minutes after the Marchand goal, a Mat Barzal play resulted in his 17th goal of the season in the season finale. The rest of the period was quiet, as both Semyon Varlamov and Tuukka Rask made solid saves. The shot numbers were tied at 9 for the period.
Third Period Thoughts
The back and forth hockey that was played in this game resulted in the Bruins taking back the pace. Boston was able to get 9 shots on Sorokin before the Islanders could respond. Late in the third, a tie-up between Brock Nelson and Charlie McAvoy led to a 4-on-4. On the resulting penalties, neither team scored. Late in the period, the Islanders had a meeting on the bench to discuss whether or not to pull Sorokin. The reasoning behind this is if the Islanders win this game in regulation, they have a chance to face the Capitals in round one. With 1:41 left, the Islanders’ discussion resulted in a pulled Sorokin in hopes of a regulation win. On the resulting man advantage, the Islanders could not score, meaning the first-round matchup for the Islanders is the Penguins.
Unfortunately for the Islanders, they could not get the win, as a great play for Taylor Hall resulted in the game-winner.
Final Thoughts On Islanders Season Finale
The back and forth hockey in this game led to many flow changes in pace. The Islanders were able to stay physical throughout the game, outhitting Boston 39-24. The Islanders’ powerplay looked solid as they capitalized on the only chance they had. Heading into the playoffs in the coming week, hopefully, the Islanders’ solid play tonight can result in a solid first round. The Islanders’ lack of effort late in the third results in a matchup against the Penguins in the playoffs. The season finale was a good game for the Islanders, but the poor offensive play resulted in the loss.